Speakers Profile - Axis of Awesome

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The Axis of Awesome are The World's Most Awesomest Comedy Band. In the incredible time that they have been together, they have done literally so much stuff. They have blown audiences away around the world, including the prestigious invite-only Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and three sold out seasons at the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe.

Their latest show, 'Songs in the Key of Awesome' received multiple 5-star reviews in it's premiere season at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2010, and they were described as 'a superbeast of high energy, high impact comedy' (chortle.co.uk). They have also sold out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and Singapore Flipside Festival.

Not content with breaking box offices around the world, they've also smashed internet records - their Four Chord Song is the highest rated comedy video of all time on YouTube, and has received over 14 million hits. They have multiple
TV appearances in Australia and globally, and their brand new DVD 'The Axis of Awesome Live' is already a hit with audiences worldwide.
They recently picked up the Time Out Award for Best Australian Act at the Sydney Comedy Festival, and they are also recipients of the prestigious Moosehead Award for their first ever Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, 'The Axis of Awesome Comeback Spectacular'.

They are Australia's Most Awesomest Comedy Band. In the short yet incredible time they have been a band, they have done literally so much stuff. Their 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show 'The Axis of Awesome Comeback Spectacular' won them a Moosehead award, and played to packed houses and rave reviews.

Not content with blowing the minds and bodies of Australia crowds, they took the 'Comeback Spectacular' to the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to both commercial and critical success. They since returned in 2009 to sell out their entire 25-show season with their new show, 'Infinity Rock Explosion', which critics called "a superbeast of high energy, high impact comedy" (chortle.co.uk).

They have performed to sold out crowds and rave reviews across Australia (including the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival), appeared on Good News Week (Channel 10) and The Footy Show (Channel 9) and gathered a legion of fans worldwide. Their YouTube video of their '4 Chords Song' currently has over one-and-a-half million hits and has resulted in a barrage of emails asking what the chords are.

The Axis consists of Jordan Raskopoulos, Benny Davis and Lee Naimo.

Jordan Raskopoulos: Lead vocals. Star of stage and screen, Jordan is best known for his work on 'The Ronnie Johns Half Hour' on Channel 10. His memorable characters and humorous lines were both memorable and humorous. Currently a National Theatresports Champion, Jordan was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his one-man show, 'The Adventures of the Man With the Dominant Claw'.

Benny Davis: Keyboard, vocals. A classically trained musician, Benny brings some class to the Axis. And a portable keyboard. As an original member of the sketch comedy troupe 'The Delusionists', Benny was a stand out in their 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show. A regular cast member of almost every improvised comedy show in Sydney, Benny is a virtuoso on the keyboard.

Lee Naimo: Guitar, way way back up vocals. One of Sydney's best improvisers, Lee has made stuff up while touring Australia and internationally. Along with Jordan, Lee is a current National Theatresports Champion, and he is co-creator of the hit live show, 'Scrabble Unscripted', which was a sold-out success at both the Melbourne and Cracker Comedy Festivals in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Lee enjoys sunshine and the music of the Dixie Chicks.